Introduction to the Ancient World: Greece

LECTURES AND READINGS 

Week 1

(1) Jan. 15: "The Greeks"
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(2) Jan. 17: Before the Greeks: the Minoan civilization on Crete
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Week 2

(3) Jan. 22: The Minoans and Mycenaeans
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Reading: Amos& Lang 4-36 

(4) Jan 24: Troy and Homer; "Troy", the Movie
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Reading: Odyssey, Books 1, 5, 6, 9

Week 3  

(5) Jan 29: Homer and the Odyssey
(6) Jan. 31: Odysseus (Ulysses) and the Odyssey

Reading: Odyssey, Books 10, 11, 13, 22, 23 (optional: 7, 17, 18, and all the rest); A&L 37-48

(7) Feb. 5: Odysseus (Ulysses) and the Odyssey after Homer:
from Dante to O Brother Where Art Thou

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Readings: Materials posted on course web site
Movie assignment via Netflix or other similar source:
O Brother Where Art Thou (2000), with G. Clooney et al.

(8) Feb. 7: QUIZ #1
A Time of Change: Greek Colonization (750-600 B.C.)
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Week 4

(9) Feb. 12: Early Greece
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Reading: Selections from Greek Lyric Poetry (posted on course web site); A&L 49-58  

(10) Feb. 14: Review Session

Week 5

Feb. 19: EXAM 1   (11) Feb. 21: Sparta and its Myth
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Reading: A&L 59-70, 129-40
Movie assigment: 300 (2006)

Early Sparta and Athens
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(12) Feb. 18: Athens to the Persian Wars
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Week 6

(13) Feb. 21: Athens and Tragedy
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Reading: Aeschylus' Oresteia 

(14) Feb. 23: Greek Tragedy: Aeschylus' Oresteia
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(15) Feb. 25: Aeschylus' Oresteia, contd.

Week 7 

(16) Feb. 28: Apollo and Delphi
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Reading: A&L 71-82, 93-128 

(17) Mar. 2: Apollo and Delphi - see Lect.16

(18) Mar. 4: Eleusis; Athens in the Fifth Century
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Week 8 

(19) Mar. 7: Oedipus and Athens

Reading: Sophocles' Oedipus

Tuesday, Mar. 8: Review Sessions - Session 1 from 2-3 pm, in GSB (Graduate School of Business) 2.122; Session 2, from 4-5 pm, in RAS (ROTC Bldg.) 213.

Mar. 9: EXAM 2

Exam II: Key to Multiple-Choice Section

Mar. 11:  Open Discussion

Mar. 14 -18: Spring Break!

Week 9 

(20) Mar. 21: Fifth-Century Athens and its Monuments
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Reading: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus; A&L 83-92

(21) Mar. 23: Buildings on the Acropolis; Oedipus again
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(22) Mar. 25: Oedipus Redeemed: Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus

Week 10 

(23) Mar. 28: Fifth-century Sculpture; the Olympic games
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Reading: A&L 161-68; Euripides' Electra 

(24) Mar. 30: The Ancient Olympic Games
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(25) Apr. 1: Early Greek Philosophy

Week 11

 (26) Apr. 4: Euripides' Electra

(27) Apr. 6: Socrates and His Trial
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Reading: Plato, Apology of Socrates (pp. 423-446 in Rouse, Great Dialogues of Plato).

Apr. 8: Review Session

Week 12

Apr. 11: EXAM 3

Exam III: Key to Multiple-Choice Section

(28) Apr. 13: Plato and His Ideal State
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Reading: Plato, Republic, Books 5, 7, 10; A&L 169-176

(29) Apr. 15: Plato and His Ideal State, contd.
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Week 13 

(30) Apr. 18 : Women In Athens 

Reading: A&L 141-60; Aristophanes, Lysistrata

(31) Apr. 20: From Lysistrata to Alexander the Great
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(32) Apr. 22: Alexander The Great and Alexander, the Movie
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Reading: A&L 177-209

Week 14

(33) Apr. 25: Alexander and the Hellenistic Age
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(34) Apr. 27: The Hellenistic Age (cont'd)
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(35) Apr. 29: Hellenistic Civilization (cont'd); Dionysus rocks
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Reading: Euripides, Bacchae

Week 15

(36) May 2: Dionysus and The Bacchae
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May 4: Review session and Course Evaluations: Please bring #2Pencils

May 6: EXAM 4

 

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